Ideology and Social Structure of Stone Age Communities in Europe

Also including: Wateringen 4 & Acquiring a taste

Edited by Annelou van Gijn, Corrie Bakels & Marek Zvelebil | 1997

Ideology and Social Structure of Stone Age Communities in Europe

Also including: Wateringen 4 & Acquiring a taste

Edited by Annelou van Gijn, Corrie Bakels & Marek Zvelebil | 1997

ISBN: 9789073368118

Imprint: Distributed Title - Published by the Modderman Stichting / Faculty of Archaeology - Leiden University | Format: 210x265mm | 210 pp. | Series: Analecta | Language: English | Keywords: archaeology, prehistory, neolithic, social structure, neolithisation | download cover

Analecta Praehistorica Leidensia 29

This volume contains the edited volume “Ideology and Social Structure of Stone Age Communities in Europe” as well as two added papers “Wateringen 4: a settlement of the Middle Neolithic Hazendonk 3 Group in the Dutch” and “Acquiring a taste: the menu of Iron Age and Roman period farmers in Oss-Ussen, the Netherlands”.

Ideology and social structure of stone age communities in Europe

This volume is the result of a conference held at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies, Wassenaar, Holland, on April 28 and 29, 1994. The subject of the conference focussed on the social organisation and ideology of the stone age communities in Europe during the later Mesolithic and Neolithic periods (ca. 8000-4000 BP).

The questions of social structure, social organisation and ideology of hunting and gathering and early farming communities in the stone age are becoming increasingly central to our understanding of these societies and of their transformations. This realisation has provoked a lively debate on the subject in recent publications. At the same time, many archaologists and prehistorians approach this question from the position of their own period of research (either Mesolithic or Neolithic), and/or from the point of view of a particular paradigm they favour. This has resulted in many conflicting views which provide a polemical background to the subject of the volume.

The contributions to the volume focussed on three particular questions: 1) what do we know about the social organisation and ideology of these societies today, 2) how can we use archaeological evidence and our conceptual frameworks to gain greater knowledge of the social domain of the Mesolithic and Neolithic societies, 3) what patterns of social change attend the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition?

“Annelou van Gijn & Marek Zvelebil: Preface

Annelou van Gijn & Marek Zvelebil: Stone age, ideology and scaling the ladder of inference

Richard Bradley: Domestication as a state of mind

Ivana Radovanovic & Barbara Voytek: Hunters, fishers or farmers: sedentism, subsistence and social complexity in the Djerdap Mesolithic
Marek Zvelebil: Hunter-gatherer ritual landscapes: spatial organisation, social structure and ideology among hunter-gatherers of Northern Europe and Western Siberia

Kristina Jennbert: Mentality and the social world: the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in Southern Scandinavia

Julian Thomas: The materiality of the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in Britain

Leo Verhart & Milco Wansleeben: Waste and prestige: the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in the Netherlands from a social perspective

Torsten Madsen: Ideology and social structure in the earlier Neolithic of South Scandinavia: a view from the sources

Piet van de Velde: Much ado about nothing: Bandkeramik funerary ritual

Marjorie de Grooth: Social and economic interpretations of the chert procurement strategies of the Bandkeramik settlement at Hienheim, Bavaria

Mark Edmonds: Taskscape, technology and tradition

John O’Shea: A portrait of ancient society on the South Hungarian Plain

John Barrett: Stone age ideologies

Douglas Lewis: Remarks on the problem on inferring ideology and social structure from the artifacts of human action

Also included:

Wateringen 4: a settlement of the Middle Neolithic Hazendonk 3 Group in the Dutch coastal area

by: D.C.M. Raemaekers Wateringen, C.C. Bakels, B. Beerenhout, A.L. van Gijn, K. Hänninen, S. Molenaar, D. Paalman, M. Verbruggen &
C. Vermeeren

Acquiring a taste: the menu of Iron Age and Roman period farmers in Oss-Ussen, the Netherlands

by: Corrie Bakels, Dieke Wesselingh & Ilse van Amen

Prof. dr. Annelou van Gijn

Annelou van Gijn is professor of Archaeological Material Culture and Artefact Studies at Leiden University and studied anthropology and archaeology at Washington State University Pullman (US) and the University of Groningen. She obtained her PhD at Leiden University. Her teaching and research focus on prehistoric technology, ancient crafts, experimentation and the reconstruction of the cultural biography of objects, topics on which she published widely.

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Prof. dr. Corrie Bakels

Prof. Dr. Corrie Bakels has held the chair in palaeoeconomy at Leiden University, the Netherlands, since 1988. Her specialisations are prehistoric and early historic agriculture, archaeobotany and vegetation history. She graduated in 1978 on an analysis of early farming societies in the Netherlands and Bavaria, Germany. Since then she has participated in many archaeological projects in Western Continental Europe. A synthesis of her work on the agrarian history of the Western European loess belt, 5300 BC – AD 1000 has appeared in 2009.

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Abstract:

This volume contains the edited volume “Ideology and Social Structure of Stone Age Communities in Europe” as well as two added papers “Wateringen 4: a settlement of the Middle Neolithic Hazendonk 3 Group in the Dutch” and “Acquiring a taste: the menu of Iron Age and Roman period farmers in Oss-Ussen, the Netherlands”.

Ideology and social structure of stone age communities in Europe

This volume is the result of a conference held at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies, Wassenaar, Holland, on April 28 and 29, 1994. The subject of the conference focussed on the social organisation and ideology of the stone age communities in Europe during the later Mesolithic and Neolithic periods (ca. 8000-4000 BP).

The questions of social structure, social organisation and ideology of hunting and gathering and early farming communities in the stone age are becoming increasingly central to our understanding of these societies and of their transformations. This realisation has provoked a lively debate on the subject in recent publications. At the same time, many archaologists and prehistorians approach this question from the position of their own period of research (either Mesolithic or Neolithic), and/or from the point of view of a particular paradigm they favour. This has resulted in many conflicting views which provide a polemical background to the subject of the volume.

The contributions to the volume focussed on three particular questions: 1) what do we know about the social organisation and ideology of these societies today, 2) how can we use archaeological evidence and our conceptual frameworks to gain greater knowledge of the social domain of the Mesolithic and Neolithic societies, 3) what patterns of social change attend the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition?

Contents

“Annelou van Gijn & Marek Zvelebil: Preface

Annelou van Gijn & Marek Zvelebil: Stone age, ideology and scaling the ladder of inference

Richard Bradley: Domestication as a state of mind

Ivana Radovanovic & Barbara Voytek: Hunters, fishers or farmers: sedentism, subsistence and social complexity in the Djerdap Mesolithic
Marek Zvelebil: Hunter-gatherer ritual landscapes: spatial organisation, social structure and ideology among hunter-gatherers of Northern Europe and Western Siberia

Kristina Jennbert: Mentality and the social world: the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in Southern Scandinavia

Julian Thomas: The materiality of the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in Britain

Leo Verhart & Milco Wansleeben: Waste and prestige: the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in the Netherlands from a social perspective

Torsten Madsen: Ideology and social structure in the earlier Neolithic of South Scandinavia: a view from the sources

Piet van de Velde: Much ado about nothing: Bandkeramik funerary ritual

Marjorie de Grooth: Social and economic interpretations of the chert procurement strategies of the Bandkeramik settlement at Hienheim, Bavaria

Mark Edmonds: Taskscape, technology and tradition

John O’Shea: A portrait of ancient society on the South Hungarian Plain

John Barrett: Stone age ideologies

Douglas Lewis: Remarks on the problem on inferring ideology and social structure from the artifacts of human action

Also included:

Wateringen 4: a settlement of the Middle Neolithic Hazendonk 3 Group in the Dutch coastal area

by: D.C.M. Raemaekers Wateringen, C.C. Bakels, B. Beerenhout, A.L. van Gijn, K. Hänninen, S. Molenaar, D. Paalman, M. Verbruggen &
C. Vermeeren

Acquiring a taste: the menu of Iron Age and Roman period farmers in Oss-Ussen, the Netherlands

by: Corrie Bakels, Dieke Wesselingh & Ilse van Amen

Prof. dr. Annelou van Gijn

Annelou van Gijn is professor of Archaeological Material Culture and Artefact Studies at Leiden University and studied anthropology and archaeology at Washington State University Pullman (US) and the University of Groningen. She obtained her PhD at Leiden University. Her teaching and research focus on prehistoric technology, ancient crafts, experimentation and the reconstruction of the cultural biography of objects, topics on which she published widely.

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Prof. dr. Corrie Bakels

Prof. Dr. Corrie Bakels has held the chair in palaeoeconomy at Leiden University, the Netherlands, since 1988. Her specialisations are prehistoric and early historic agriculture, archaeobotany and vegetation history. She graduated in 1978 on an analysis of early farming societies in the Netherlands and Bavaria, Germany. Since then she has participated in many archaeological projects in Western Continental Europe. A synthesis of her work on the agrarian history of the Western European loess belt, 5300 BC – AD 1000 has appeared in 2009.

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